An invitation to silence
We began our business meeting in the chapel with dimmed lights. I led the board through several calming prayers, noticing our breath and heartbeats.
This week my Century lectionary column focused on the text from Luke. Here are several threads I found useful but could not weave into the final piece.
A week from Sunday, on the Feast of the Reign of Christ, Holy Covenant UMC in Chicago—where I work part time as a musician—is holding its second annual service spotlighting the music of Bob Dylan. (Not calling it a Dylancharist.) If you're in Chicago the evening of 11/24, come out and join us.
Below is the piece I wrote for the church newsletter.
Jeremiah 23:1–6; Colossians 1:11–20; Luke 23:33–43
On Christ the King Sunday it seems pastorally heavy to drag ourselves to the foot of the cross. On the other hand, maybe it’s exactly the right move.
What makes forgiveness possible
We are instructed to love our enemies, including those who have wronged us and are unpleasant. We are not instructed to forgive our enemies.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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